Milos Krasic: What Is Wrong With the Wing Wizard?
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It shall be argued in this article that Milos Krasic is one of the most vital players of Juventus thus far with plenty of important assists and goals as well.
The Serb winger has helped Juventus with all he could since joining them in the summer of 2010 and its no surprise that he has shown a great performance until this stage of his Juventus career. He is by far the best player Juventus purchased this year and often considered as a last resort for the team.
However, lately we have discovered the weak form of Krasic, not proving to be as effective as in the very start of Serie A. Arbër's debut for Bleacher Report gives you the 3 reasons why the former CSKA Moscow player failed to keep up his perfect pace.
Milos Krasic Needs a Proper Full Back Behind Him
Milos Krasic vs Roma
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Often if not always, we can all hear Delneri screaming from the sidelines '...Milos... Milos... Milos...' asking him to track back and help the defense as much as he can.
The first thing to be considered is if Krasic has ever contributed for the defense in his former respective teams. However, the case with his role in Juventus is different. In a classical 4-4-2 formation that Delneri has been focusing mostly, Krasic is always told to help out Sorensen or Motta at the right back. Unfamiliar with defending, he finds it hard to accommodate himself to the formation, often even forgetting to get back if Delneri does not remind him to.
On the contrary, his offensive skills are rare. The dangerous runs of Krasic that usually end up either with a penalty or a decent assist are well known to opponents thus far.The ability to ‘hug the touchline’, push deeper and cut inside defenders into the box typifies Milos Krasic much more than any other player in Serie A. As a result, he is constantly marked by at least two defenders and occasionally he may also lose the ball which is quite normal.
Needless to say, both Marco Motta and Frederik Sorensen fail to cover his back and support him offensively which makes it impossible for him to become as effective as he is known to be. To make it worse (and this is where Krasic tactically falls) Delneri is relying too much on Krasic even when the team is defending.
Otherwise, Krasic's performance against Roma proves this article right. When playing at his original role, he was covering so much space forward with his runs and other than the goal scored, he also tore apart Roma's defense many times.
Controversial Penalty Against Bologna
Krasic in action vs Bologna
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Last year in Renato Dall'ara, Juventus played the squad of Bologna in a match where the wing wizard won a controversial penalty after falling inside the area. The referee was unable to notice such a dive and thus awarded a much needed penalty kick to Juventus where the shot of confident Vicenzo Iaquinta was saved by Emiliano Viviano. Juventus failed to make the much controversial penalty count.
Video replays, however, showed Bologna defender Daniele Portanova did not touch the player, sadly resulting in the two game ban for the Serb. Despite the two match ban, Krasic has been a victim of fouls against him since then. Undeniably, Krasic paid for the dive much more than the ban, as referees were ignoring him whenever he would really get hurt by opponents.
Furthermore, Krasic really made his presence felt whenever referees mounted questionable free kick's against him. Krasic looked to Marotta and Agnelli as his pillar of strength with both of them appealing against his ban and also supporting him whenever he got into the limelight of the media.
Fortunately for Krasic as he hit a small downturn of his form, he was luckily out of the picture and Juventus needn't concern themselves about his controversies, neither Krasic himself. However, the Serb was saying that there is no need to condescend to him, proudly claiming that he is no diver.
After the suffered ban, Krasic started over with a clean slate also feeling that he had a score to settle with the officials of Serie A. His performance slightly dropped, his runs were not that dangerous and referees were just not busy with him anymore.
Playing Non-Stop Football for a Year
Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow jersey)
Obviously, there is no rest for the wicked. Unlike other European football leagues, the Russian Premier League typically runs in summer, from March to November, to avoid playing games under the cold and snowy weather in winter.
Since Krasic was part of CSKA Moscow before joining Juventus last summer, his season should have been over in November. Should Krasic finish the season with Juventus in a perfect condition, he will earn himself a new record, playing professional football non-stop for a season and a half.
He needs about a month to rest up, and rumors a month ago stated that Luigi Delneri was considering offering him a two week holiday in Dubai, but that did not happen.
In fact Krasic himself has not been ruling out a need for a short pause. In this regard, however, for him this seemed to be neither rhyme nor reason to his poor form.
On the whole, the Juventus winger seems to just get enough courage to continue working, as he has still to prove if he really wants to be considered a Juventus savior and not just a vital player for the squad.